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Looks great James! Do I detect a hint of completion?

The list in the previous post says otherwise!
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Looks great James! Do I detect a hint of completion?

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Misleading Unfortunately I didn't exactly get stuff done in my timeline. I knew I wasn't going to fully droop out on the obstacles out there so I risked it a bit. I still have many goodies to get on but I may wait until my budget allows a fabricator to finish or I can invest in a welder myself. Maybe my Christmas present to myself? Everything else bolt on will be done in the interim: Y-pipe, sway bar, oil coolers etc..
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Love what youíve done with this rig!
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Welding, yes I knew you would eventually turn. Pick up some tanning lotion...
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Beautiful rig James. Look forward to seeing more!
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To do list:
Addco rear sway bar
Amp Research power steps
Doug Thorley Y pipe
Bud Built mid skid to high clearance custom trans skid
Weld limit straps and reinforcements
✔ OEM Oil Cooler
Hayden 676 /677 coolers /trans flush
✔ Centric Stoptech rear pads/braided lines
Wiring panel: distribution block/lights/relays
✔ LT front
✔ Diff drop
✔ Jersey built hubs
✔ Ebc front 7000 pads / slotted rotors / braided lines
✔ 17" wheels with Mastercraft MXT tires
156,500 miles: needed an oil change. . So why not get a project of the list? Had this on the backburner for awhile. Got off my rearend and installed the OE Tacoma tow package cooler/ heat exchanger on my '07. Nice to keep the oil temps steady and cool. I've discussed with others and those with the '10+ should look in to an inline heat exchanger from a Landcruiser or Prado since the oil filter is bottom mounted. Thanks to TinCan who posted the original install on his FJ.
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Re: Polishing a shiny turd

Thanks for posting the video buddy. I was debating doing the same this weekend with an oil change. I think you've convinced me. How much coolant do you think you lost? I've got 2 gal, figured that will be plenty. I think I'm a little low currently anyway.
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Thanks for posting the video buddy. I was debating doing the same this weekend with an oil change. I think you've convinced me. How much coolant do you think you lost? I've got 2 gal, figured that will be plenty. I think I'm a little low currently anyway.
Yasss. It was easier than I thought. Keep in mind, I couldn't find a 12mm Allen (t60 torx) wrench and missing my 1-3/16 (30mm) socket so I had to pick up. I've worked on cars most of my adult life and I have not come across those sizes much lol. 1 gallon of coolant/distilled should do. I didn't drain that much out the pet****. Most spilled from the lower hose and water inlet pipe.
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Re: Polishing a shiny turd

1/17/19 Update: About 8k miles and several days on easy trails, you can see the OEM cam tabs bowing out. On the passenger side I had to hammer flat before a road trip. Finally have a fabricator lined up to finish the chassis stuff. He's a fellow yota guy so should be fairly simple but trying to schedule when it's not flash flooding over here.

Also I had a mishap on the freeway while on my roadtrip. A battle tested Nissan Sentra merged into my lane and damaged the rear door panels so I guess it's time to go wide body lol. Slow updates but this isn't a race right?
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The Total Chaos cam tab kit takes some time to install, no fabrication just tab A in slot B, some drilling and grinding, welding.

Cost for fabricator install could be as much as setting up your own welding gear... YOU CAN DO IT!

...and all the other little welding tasks can come in in house, zap here, burn there.
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